"Teaching is really about inspiration, not information. Effective teaching focuses on why and how, not what. The goal should be to spark each student’s imagination, to find a hook in their heart and mind so that they feel a need to learn the material." *
Arnie has been teaching jazz since September 1999, when he was appointed bass teacher at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. His responsibilities at Birmingham have included one-to-one instrumental tuition, ensemble coaching (from small group to big band) and delivering the jazz history module. He has also assessed and moderated final degree projects.
In addition to teaching at Birmingham he has been a visiting lecturer at The Royal Academy of Music, The Guildhall School of Music, Trinity College and Middlesex University. Responsibilities have ranged from one-to-one tuition to small ensemble coaching and external examining.
He has been a key member of the Global Music Foundation since its inception in December 2004. A not-for-profit organisation, the GMF runs a year-round programme of educational events, including workshops and performances, which enable all people, whatever their background, to share in the enormous benefits of music making. These involve students and professionals sharing knowledge and ideas; playing together; discussion groups and a wide variety of musical and artistic activities.
*Tina Seelig. Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Stanford. Author, What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20, inGenius, Creativity Rules